Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Moving Along + Liberty Love Party

Last Friday, we packed up all of our belongings in snowy Indiana, and headed south to Tennessee.

Exhausted. Many tears. Goodbyes to wonderful friends. As my husband and I closed the door to our home for the last time, we looked at each other, and I absolutely lost it. Out of the blue, I had what was the first raw and real emotional reaction . . . "It's over." The last decade-plus of life in Anderson was marked with memories of the dear friends we've made there. Through tears, I knew that life was changing. This change was both exciting and so hard to process.

Our first day in Nashville, we met our realtor, who greeted us with this little bundle of flowers. After our first grocery trip, another little gift arrived in the form of homemade dinner from some friends in town. I have to say, I'm enjoying this southern hospitality! We chose this city because we were lucky enough to have some friends and connections here already, so it doesn't feel like stepping into the total unknown.

Our second night in Nashville, we'd managed to unpack most of our boxes, so I treated myself to an outing. The Liberty Love book release party was happening in town, so I busted out my Google map and headed over to check it out! I have to say, it was the cutest party ever. 

In the middle of the studio was a table of fabric scraps and paper dolls, for crafting pretty fabric dresses.

 And gorgeous quilts from the book, hanging all around the room. This was my favorite. :)

I even got to meet Kelly and Amanda, some local sewing bloggers! After a couple more days of carving out a routine in this new space, I'm feeling hopeful. In the midst of this new city, I hope to find (or create) a bit of the life I loved in Anderson, and embrace the newness of Nashville.

To those of you who've made a major move . . . how long did it take you to feel totally settled in your new place?

Craft Buds and My Shop

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Real Life Princesses: Cherie creates two paintings inspired by grumpiness and poetry. 
L Thykeson's Uniques: Product Review - Lyra PolyCrayons  
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Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world: This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to make wedding favor seed packets, bug wings from metal filagree bead caps, a Jim Henson doodle drawing prompt and a recipe for a C-super mango pineapple smoothie. 
ACreativeDream: June's done a painting, that strangely enough, turned out exactly like she wanted it to... but...  


  1. awww, good luck with all the settling! i think it takes a good 1-2 years to really feel settled, but perhaps i'm slow and ease myself into a place :)

  2. I did a lot of traveling as a kid -- my family spent part of each year in Bolivia until I was in third grade -- but didn't really move out of my hometown until almost five years ago. And then it was just 45 minutes away. Still, it was a big change for us to establish new places to shop and work, new doctors and dentists, and new routines. Now it feels like we've been here forever, and going back home feels so different. I hope that your new town will feel like home very soon, Lindsay!

  3. Looks like a great place to move to! I've lived all over the world, but as long as certain things are with me I'm generally fine, although I've discovered that putting things off, like finding a new dentist, can then be a complete PITA if you then get an infection where a wisdom tooth is trying to push through, so don't procrastinate on that stuff ;o)

  4. Awe, it sounds like you are definitely trying to make the most out of this major move. I like that you were able to get to that party...looks like a fun time.

    I've not moved far in my life, though I would truly like too. My hubby has traveled far and wide. Some day I'll get to go too. =)

    Have a great week.

  5. we have done it twice in our married lives. You are smart to jump right in! explore the quilt shops & reach out to people & you'll settle in in no time! enjoy the adventure

  6. I hope you settle well. I have done this with my husband and our youngest son after living in one place for 19 years...its huge but God knows!

  7. i've been wondering about you lately. i'm glad to hear you are settling in and so far so good! i hope the adjustment serves you well. best of luck to you!

  8. So glad you're getting settled in. I've made a few major moves, and I'd say it takes about 3-6 months to get settled. One thing we always do is get a paper map of the local area, study it, and then spend a couple weekends driving around. While GPS is great for getting places, I personally find using a map to familiarize myself with the area makes it feel more like home. Then, if I make a wrong turn on the way to the grocery store (or fabric store!), I have more of an idea where I am, and less of a lost/this isn't my home feeling!

  9. What is it about closing that door for the last time that always brings on the waterfalls? To new adventures (and some yummy southern food!) in Nashville. Congrats!

  10. It definitely takes some time to feel like where you live is really HOME. I'm glad you were able to meet up with some other sewing bloggers! Hopefully you will feel like you are part of the community very soon :) Hang in there!

  11. When we moved to Australia, everything was a little foreign to me so it took quite a while. It took me about 1 year to feel comfortable and I really loved it at about year 2. It never really felt like "home", but I loved it. Now I'm back in Canada and it's freezing and darn it, it feels like home but I wish I was in Australia anyway!!

  12. I'm glad things are going well! I've moved cross-county a couple times. When my husband and I moved from Boston to Seattle (this last move) it was about a 9 month process before we felt completely settled. We also were living temporally with family during part of that time, so it took a little while for us to find a home. I immediately felt comfortable in the Seattle area though. I was actually surprised by how familiar it felt after only a short time being here. It was great to finally find a neighborhood and community that really seemed in-line with what we were looking for. We still challenge ourselves to get out and explore new parts of the city (and really the region). Even after being here for 2 years, I still find that there are so many new things to discover and experience. Who knows? Maybe my absolute favorite restaurant of all time is going to end up being the place I try out on a whim? I love that possibility! Have fun exploring! :)

  13. Wow, I did not know you were in Anderson. I got married in Anderson, we live in Yorktown for 6 years, and my in-laws live in Alexandria. We make several trips up there every year for holidays and to pawn the kids off. I'm glad you had a safe trip to you new home and hope you make many great new memories.


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